Omar Kelly: Ten reasons Dolphins should be playoff-bound in 2022

The Miami Dolphins have qualified for the playoffs twice this decade and own the NFL’s second longest drought when it comes to producing a playoff win.

The Dolphins haven’t done that since 2001, and that 21-year shutout is only exceeded by the Detroit Lions’ 30-year drought.

But this could be the year the forever rebuilding-reloading-retooling Dolphins turn the tide on the franchise’s two decades of futility, because Miami’s roster is stacked with talent, some depth and a handful of playmakers who will be led by a new coaching staff, one that was propagated from one of the hottest coaching trees in the NFL.

Here are 10 things that could help the Dolphins make the playoffs in 2022.

Coach Mike McDaniel and his staff bring balance to the offense.

The Dolphins, who average a dismal 92.2 rushing yards per game and 3.5 yards per attempt, haven’t had an effective rushing attack since the 2016 season, which was the last time Miami qualified for the postseason. Running the ball effectively comes down to three things: a forceful offensive line, which Miami hopes they achieved by signing Pro Bowl pick Terron Armstead and veteran starter Connor Williams; a commitment to calling run plays; and a talented stable of tailbacks, which the Dolphins seemingly have after adding Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel this offseason.

Miami’s young and troublesome offensive line gets fixed.

The Dolphins have poured a ton of resources via free agency, draft picks and trades into building the offensive line the past four offseasons. The hope is that last year’s issues were a result of lackluster coaching and not poor talent evaluation. Miami needs Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, to be a pillar of granite at left tackle and for Liam Eichenberg, Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson, Solomon Kindley, Michael Deiter and Greg Little to clean up …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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